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History of Beijing

Historical evidence shows that Beijing has been in existence for over 3,000 years. However, the discovery of "Peking Man", an ancestor of homo sapiens who lived in the area 200,000 to 400,000 years ago, shows that the area has a history of human habitation that is very ancient indeed. During the Western ...Read more>>

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Beijing Transport - Introduction HOT

As the capital of the People's Republic of China, Beijing is not only China's economic and cultural center but it is also the country's largest transportation hub. In the past year, Beijing has extended its railway and highway systems as well as its subway ...... Read More>>

Business Environment HOT

Geographical Advantages Beijing is one of the business and economic engine-rooms of China, and its excellent transport links mean that any issue with domestic or international logistics can be solved with relative ease. In addition, the city is at the heart of the Bohai Economic Rim, encompassing Beijing, Tianjin, Tangshan, Baoding, Langfang, ... ...Read More>>

Office Leasing HOT

Commercial Real Estate Overview The Beijing commercial real estate sector primarily formed in the mid-80's and experienced rapid development from 1992 to 1994 and a recession period from 1997 to 1999 caused by over-supply and the Asian financial storm. 2006 witnessed strong office sales transactions with demand derived from both domestic buyers ... ...Read More>>

Beijing Business Guide - Economic Overview HOT

Foreign Trade Overview In 2005, Beijing's trade volume reached US$158.18 billion, with export volume of US$37.98 billion and import volume of US$120.2 billion. Exports included US$17.28 billion worth of electro-mechanical products and US$12.91 billion in ...... Read More>>

Foreign Trade & Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) HOT

Foreign Trade Overview In 2005, Beijing's trade volume reached US$158.18 billion, with export volume of US$37.98 billion and import volume of US$120.2 billion. Exports included US$17.28 billion worth of electro-mechanical products and US$12.91 billion in new and hi-tech products. From January to July 2007, growth rates for Beijing's four major ... ...Read More>>

Municipal Government HOT

Mayor Deputy Mayor: Guo Jinlong Municipal Departments • Beijing Municipal People's Government Add: 2 Zhengyi Lu, Dongcheng District, Beijing Postcode:100744 Tel:010-12345 • Foreign Affairs Office of Beijing Municipal People's Government Add: 2 Zhengyi Lu, Dongcheng District, Beijing北 Postcode: 100744 Tel: 010-65192778, 65193227 Fax: ... ...Read More>>

Municipal Infrastructure - Post &Telecommunications HOT

In 2006, the combined annual volume of postal and telecommunications revenue amounted to 50.4 billion RMB, of which postal revenue was 3.5 billion RMB and telecommunications revenue was 46.9 billion RMB. The number of fixed line telephone subscribers reached 90.5 million in 2006, while mobile telephone users totaled 15.4 million. ...Read More>>

Strategic Industries HOT

Beijing has an extremely diverse industrial make up, however, considering its role as the nation's capital; of course the financial sector is quite important in the city's overall economic structure, with tourism not far behind. Almost every foreign visitor to the country comes to Beijing at some point on their journey and domestically, almost ... ...Read More>>

Municipal Infrastructure - Transportation HOT

Beijing is the Capital of China and can be easily reached by train, plane or bus. Beijing has the best, most accessible transport network in China. All levels of public transportation are readily available in the city. Roads The total length of road is about 5,500 kilometers. Beijing has 6 major expressways connecting the capital to all of the ... ...Read More>>

Municipal Infrastructure - Public Utilities HOT

In 2006, the city's total water consumption was 3.43 billion cubic meters and the total electricity consumption was 31 billion kwh. Sample of Utilities Costs Water (RMB/cubic m) Usage Price Commercial Use 5.6 Industrial Use 5.6 Domestic Use 3.7 (Prices include usage and wastewater treatment fees) Electricity (RMB/Kwh) Usage < 1K V 1~10 KV ... ...Read More>>

Preferential Policy HOT

State regulations provide that the income tax for enterprises with foreign investment is 30% of the taxable income, yet those enterprises operating within the jurisdiction of Beijing Municipality and/or operating in the Beijing special economic zones will be taxed at a favorable rate of 15%. Any enterprise with foreign investment in a ... ...Read More>>

Labor force HOT

Human Resource Overview There were over 4 million people in the Beijing in 2006. Among them, 2.3 million held college degrees or above and 1.72 million held professional titles. By the end of 2006, there were 7,500 research institutes in Beijing, employing over 450,000 scientific and technical personnel. Beijing spent 37.95 billion RMB on ... ...Read More>>

Development Zones HOT

Key Economic and Industrial Development Zones By the end of 2006, there were 19 development zones in Beijing, home to over 35,000 enterprises. The combined sales revenues of all development zones reached 834.95 billion RMB in 2006 with profits of 45.28 billion RMB. List of Development Zones in Beijing District/Name of Zone or Area Industries in ... ...Read More>>

Investment Procedure HOT

Procedures for application and approval on projects invested with foreign capital: ...Read More>>

Business Links HOT

◎ E-Beijing ◎ Beijing Investment Promotion Bureau ◎ Beijing Municipal Bureau of Commerce ◎ Beijing Bureau of Commerce ◎ Invest in Beijing ◎ Visit Beijing ... ...Read More>>

Planning & Development HOT

Strategic Planning and Development Beijing will form an urban structure which continues to rely on its traditional core area, while developing multiple satellite centers and stressing construction of sub-regions. Satellite centers include the Zhongguancun Hi-Tech Zone, the Olympic central area, the CBD (Central Business District), the ... ...Read More>>

Statistics HOT

• GDP: RMB 1600.04 billion (2011) • Per Capita Disposable Income of Urban Residents: RMB 32,903 (2011) • Economic Growth Rate: 8.1% (2011) • Resident population: 20.186 million (2011) • Unemployment Rate: 1.39% (2011) • Enrollment Rate for Children of School Age: 100% (2010) • Enrollment Rate for High School ... ...Read More>>

Beijing Shopping Areas HOT

No matter what you’re looking for or what your budget is, Beijing’s shopping areas can come up with the goods. If you’re looking for Gucci, Prada and the like then you’re better off heading to Sanlitun North Village or Wangfujing but if you want ...... Read More>>

Things to buy in Beijing HOT

Cloisonné (Jing Tai Lan) 景泰蓝 Ivory carving (Yadiao) 牙雕 Jade (Yu) 玉 Carved Lacquerware (Qidiao) 漆雕 Calligraphy Works (Shufa Zuopin) 书法作品 Dough Figurines (Mianren)面人 Four Treasures of the Study (Wenfang Sibao) 文房四宝 Clay figurines ...... Read More>>

Beijing Snacks HOT

Snacks in Beijing are extremely plentiful and come steamed, deep-fried, fried, poached, or baked. These great little ''tide-me-overs'' can be found at many restaurants all over the city: most popular places include Longfusi and Huguosi snack counters. Some ...... Read More>>

Beijing Local Food HOT

Any visit to Beijing is incomplete without going to the Great Wall (Badaling) or eating roast duck. The history of the Peking Duck can be traced as far back as the Yuan Dynasty; by the early 15th century, it had become one of the favorite dishes of the Ming ...... Read More>>

Rough Guide to Beijing Travel HOT

Beijing, the capital of the People's Republic of China, is the most important city in the most populous country on earth, a place with a fabled past facing a 21st century future as one of the world's great metropolises. ... Read More>>

Area & Population HOT

Beijing covers 16,410.54 square kilometers with a mountainous area occupying 10,417.5 square kilometers, which accounts for 62% of the city’s land. Approximately 38% of the total area is flatland. In 2010, Beijing City Government merged the former Dongcheng District, Chongwen District, Xicheng District and Xuanwu District to form two new ... ...Read More>>

Location and Climate HOT

Beijing lies in the north of the North China Plain, at 39°56′N and 116°20′E. It neighbors Tianjin Municipality (to the east) and Hebei Province (to the north, south and west). Its terrain slopes from the northwest to the southeast while mountains snake around the city's northwest and northeast. The southeast part of the city ... ...Read More>>

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